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    Turnkey Babine Lodge - Revenue Generating Lakefront Property - Babine Lake

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 20007

    Turnkey Babine Lodge located on the westerly shores of Babine Lake. 3 titles, 3.8 acres, 600+ ft of beautiful lakefront. 6 cabins, 25 RV sites, marina & pub/cafe. This property offers a new owner a cash flowing investment, or a rare getaway to be shared with family & friends.


    Price
    $519,000

    Size
    3.8 acres ~ 3 titles

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    Description

    The well-known and popular Babine Lodge is well suited to run as a cash flowing business, or a beautiful private retreat to be enjoyed with family and friends. The resort offers a lodge with owner’s residence and a café/pub. There is a dormant liquor licence, which may be reactivated, with the pub to allow liquor off-sales and the selling of alcoholic beverages at the pub. In full operation, the Babine Lodge has grossed over $180k in a single season of operation. The liquor licence permits for off-sales of beer and wine, while spirits may also be served within the pub. The reactivation of the liquor licence will cost $300.

    The main lodge is warm and inviting with ample space for guests to congregate and enjoy a hot meal. There is a rustic red-brick fire place and large bright windows offering excellent views of the lake. This is one of the most scenic locations you could ever have lunch/dinner. The pub component was built to entertain and has the guests/patrons comfort and enjoyment in mind. The kitchen/café/pub are fully outfitted and may be immediately put into use. At present the owners are utilizing the lodge as a comfortable residence and if this is your preference, the potential is there.

    There are six cozy guest cabins perfectly outfitted to house travellers looking to experience the grandeur of northern BC. Each cabin comes with a complete array of services including electricity, shower, toilet and sink. The individual cabins have their own porches/sitting areas where friends and family can sit and enjoy a beverage while rejoicing over the day’s fishing adventures. These units are structurally sound and offer an idyllic northern BC experience.

    In addition to the guest cabins, there are 25 RV sites of which, 19 are fully-serviced. Each site comes with a picnic table and a ringed fire pit. The sites are serviced with electricity, water and sewer. The roundabout through the RV sites has been strategically built to allow for easy access and egress from the various sites. The RV sites sit on an elevated bench overlooking the lake providing guest with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

    On the property there is a concrete boat launch and two well-maintained docks. These marine facilities can facilitate all guests fishing/boating requirements and are a huge draw for the business. Each dock is approximately 64 ft long and 8 ft wide permitting safe moorage for multiple boats. There is a boat house/storage building down by the docks built to store items needed for fishing/boating. This building is powered and contains a deep freezer intended to allow guests to freeze and store their daily catch.

    The resort is also outfitted with a full shower house. Within this building there are three washing machines and two dryers. These are a nice feature for long-term guests and those continuing their adventures elsewhere. There are also two propane heated showers and two toilets.

    The property is meticulously landscaped with ample tree coverage to provide shade and aesthetic appeal. The addition of PIDs 010-266-917, 010-266-950 with the sale, which are situated on the west side of Babine Drive, offer additional parking options. This helps reduce vehicle traffic in the resort and allows more space for recreational use.

    As an added income bonus, the property is outfitted with the only marine gas station on the Babine Lake. There are two 2,000 litre fuel tanks ready and able to fill up the long line of fishing boats in the spring, summer and fall. The tanks sit in a concrete catch basin and are fully licensed/permissible.

    The landscape surrounding the property is a wonderful mix of crystal blue lakes, mountainous peaks and virgin forests. This is one of British Columbia’s wildest and most pristine environments attracting tourists on a global scale. Thus, this well-established business is an excellent investment opportunity where you can start earning impressive revenues immediately.

    Please see Investment Features below for a full equipment inventory list associated with the sale/

    Location

    Babine Lodge is located 25 minutes from the town of Topley along the west bank of Babine Lake in Topley Landing. It can be accessed via Central Babine Lake Highway

    Access

    From the town of Topley BC, turn to head north on the Central Babine Lake Highway. Follow this highway for approximately 40 km to Topley Landing on the western shore of Babine Lake. You can turn to head east onto Anns Road or Marina Way, which will take you down towards the lake. Turn onto Babine Drive and proceed for 280 metres at which point the resort’s driveway will be on the east side of the road.

    Area Data

    Babine Lake is the longest natural lake in British Columbia stretching 177 km (110 mi) from point to point. Situated north east of Burns Lake and an approximate 3.5-hour drive from Prince George, Babine Lake is a popular destination for lovers of the outdoors. Babine Lake is known as an angler’s paradise where you can expect to catch cutthroat, steelhead, rainbow trout, char, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, lake and mountain fish. There are also healthy populations of moose, dear, bear and mountain goat throughout Central Babine making it a popular hunting destination. Up to 70 percent of the salmon from the Skeena River system originate in Babine Lake and the spawning channels at its local tributary.

    Topley Landing is an unincorporated community at the outlet of the Fulton River and western shore of Babine Lake. The Topley Landing community features 83 homes with a number of full-time residents, with a number of seasonal dwellings to support the large influx of tourists visiting through the spring and summer months. Topley Landing dates back to 1822, when it was established by the Hudson’s Bay Company to support the local fur trade. It was named after William J. Topley who was a well-known Canadian photographer who moved to BC from Ottawa and was noted for his portraits of Canadian Politicians.

    The closest large city to Topley Landing is Prince George, with a population of 74,003, is the largest city in northern British Columbia and is the "Northern Capital" of BC. It is the most major municipality near the property. Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, the city is the service and supply hub for one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada and plays an important role in the province's economy and culture.

    Prince George is the dominant economic center of the region. Public sector and education based jobs dominate the municipality’s economy. Presently the Northern Health Authority, stationed in Prince George, possess a $450 million budget and have invested $100 million into local infrastructure. UNBC, the College of New Caledonia and School District #57 adds a further $750 million into the local economy.

    The city’s economy was once dominated by the lumber sector; however, the Fraser-Fort George Regional District has experienced extensive closures of the region’s lumber mills. This has been attributed to the movement towards “super mills,” a loss of supply caused by the prevalence of the Mountain Pine Beetle and US tariffs on lumber exports. It is predicted that mining exploration and development will soon supersede the lumber industry, as the dominant industry in Prince George and the surrounding areas. Additionally, Initiatives Prince George estimates that the Nechako Basin contains 5,000,000 barrels of oil, which could help diversify the region’s economy further through the commencement of petroleum harvesting operations.

    Presently, the city of Prince George has a number of private enterprises and facilities operating in and contributing to its local economy. These facilities include:

    • Two chemical plants
    • An oil refinery
    • Brewery
    • Dairy
    • Machine sh
    • ops
    • Aluminum boat construction
    • Value added forestry
    • Specialty equipment manufacturing

    Prince George has a large regional airport offering daily flights to major destinations.

    Recreation

    The region surrounding the property is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. The following activities are available:

    Hunting

    Hunting opportunities for whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, moose, bear and game bird species in the area.

    Snowmobiling

    The entire region around the property is famous for its snowmobiling opportunities. There is ample annual snow fall to ensure plenty of snowmobiling opportunity.

    Boating/Fishing

    Rainbow trout and char make Babine Lake an angler’s paradise year-round and sockeye salmon, which return to spawn from late summer to early fall, are truly legendary. Cutthroat and steelhead are also found in Babine Lake as are coho salmon, burbot (ling cod) and lake/mountain fish.

    Hiking/Camping

    Ample natural areas with endless opportunities for hiking and camping.

    Map Reference

    54°48'29.22"N and 126° 8'15.55"W

    Investment Features

    Lounge
    • 12 lounge tables
    • 20 fabric sled styled chairs
    • 1 short bar
    • 4 maple bar stools (arm and back rest)
    • Stainless steel 3 sink combo
    • Stainless beer cooler (two door) refrigerant system rebuilt 2015
    • Assorted beer, liquor & wine glasses
    • Walk-in cooler
    • 1 coin operated pool table, recovered 2016 bumpers and pad
    • Manitowac commercial ice maker
    Office
    • 2 chest-style freezers for ice and ice cream sales
    • Open sign
    • Antler table with wood slab and 4 chairs for greeting area
    • Antique looking electric heater (large size)
    • Debit machine (on contract with Moneris contract can be voided or transferred)
    Restaurant
    • 8 tables
    • 20 chairs (refinished 2015)
    • Bunn commercial coffee maker with warmer
    • Cups, glasses, dishes in multiple sizes
    • Dish cart on wheels with bus pans
    Kitchen
    • Garland propane range with grill top
    • Hood and vent fan
    • 2 propane double basket deep fryers
    • 1 microwave
    • 1 French fry/vegetable cutter (manual)
    • Hobart commercial dishwasher (load every 90 sec)
    • Assorted cooking utensils pots, pans, silverware (more than adequate for service)
    • 2 stainless steel four-shelf food racks
    • Walk-in freezer (full service 2015)
    • 1 upright freezer
    • 1 upright full size fridge/freezer can be run either way
    Basement
    • Valley comfort wood stove forced air, thematically controlled
    • 60 gallon electric hot water heater (replaced 2016)
    Shower House
    • 3 washers (2 new 2016)
    • 2 dryers
    • 1 propane hot water tank
    • 2 showers and 2 toilets
    Cabins
    • 4 double beds
    • 2 queen beds
    • 6 single beds
    • 2 hide-a-beds
    • 1 bunk bed
    • 6 tables and 24 (approx.) chairs
    • 2 combo stove/sink/fridge (electric)
    • 2 electric ranges
    • 6 fridges, assorted sizes
    • 6 microwaves
    • 6 coffee pots
    • 6 electric heaters
    • All bedding/pillows/towels/kitchen ware
    Treatment Plant
    • Klargester roto-pack sewage treatment system with chlorine and de-chlorine pucks
    • New motor for agitator wheel with overload system installed 2017
    Other Misc. Equipment
    • 1 14-foot Lund aluminium boat with 15 horse Merc. and trailer all 1995 model year
    • 1 Craftsman riding lawnmower
    • 1 gas weed eater
    • 1 60-gallon fiberglass pressure tank
    • 1 500-gallon propane tank on property is leased from superior propane
    • Shop (wired and lighting) with 3 filing cabinets with misc. plumbing/electrical etc., supplies and a wood stove

    Services

    • Water - drilled well (300 ft)
    • Commercial septic system - licensed with Province
    • Heat
    • Electricity

    Improvements

    • 3,200 ft2 lodge with owner residence - built in several phases and meticulously maintained
    • 2 docks
    • 6 cabins
    • 25 RV sites
    • Boathouse

    Tax Details

    $2,698.17 (2019) - waterfront parcel

    Zoning

    C3

    Legal

    LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 1 DISTRICT LOT 2173 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT PLAN PRP14905
    PID 023-625-040

    LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 50 DISTRICT LOT 2173 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT PLAN 5252
    PID 010-266-950

    LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 49 DISTRICT LOT 2173 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT PLAN 5252
    PID 010-266-917

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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